By: Timmesha Burgess
Sevetri Wilson, the first black female tech entrepreneur in New Orleans to raise $2M in startup capital. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Sevetri is a first-generation college graduate of Louisiana State University. Building her first company Solid Ground Innovations (SGI) into a seven-figure success at just the age of 22; She continues to defy the odds! In an industry where only 4% of African-American women raise significant funding for tech startups, Sevetri launches online platform ExemptMeNow; Which simplifies the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) and other requirements for non-profit organizations via ExemptMeNow’s innovative technology.
Awards include: Business Woman of the Year in Louisiana, Nobel Prize for Public Service, Jefferson Award 2010, and the Woman of Excellence in Business Award
Sevetri was also recognized by the Barack Obama administration, received the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship, was invited to be a part of the White House’s United State of Women Summit, was featured on Essence and Black enterprise.com, and was responsible for spearheading campaign to elect Baton Rouge’s first female and first African American female Mayor, Sharon Broome.
Sevetri who lost both her father at age 9 and her mother to progressive cancer at the age of 21, still managed to start her company with zero investment capital, zero connections and grew it into a million dollar company at the age of 22.
Sevetri, is truly a Phoenix rising and is a woman who shattering the concept of the glass ceiling.